Tanaka-san not here. Have gone to find her cat. I’m sitting in street. Can’t stand up. Ground shaking. Like being drunk. On cheap shochu.
A water mains has burst. Have filled every pot and flask with water.
Oh yes, tub filling now should we need it to manually flush toilet.
Sitting with my coat on in the front room with the front door wide open, ready to run out if the house starts shaking again.
Can still feel tremors in Abiko every five minutes. Ten fires have been confirmed in Tokyo, according to TV Asahi
Occasional sirens in the distance. Lots of loudspeaker instructions from city hall
Cacophony of sirens now from Highway 6 disappearing to Tokyo. I’m hunkered down with laptop by the door.
I lost all my wine glasses, a half-dozen rice bowls, but my free Guinness pint glass survived. Luck of the Irish.
Watching the TV now. Fires in Sendai. Flooding in Owarai, 40 min drive from here. Ishinomaki, Kesennuma tsunamis.
Explosion at steel refinery in Chiba.
Tanaka-san has returned! Cat has returned. She is wearing outside shoes IN MY HOUSE. Must be serious.
Tanaka-san is asking after you @WalkDontRun. Where are you?
Tanaka-san has just taped shut all the kitchen cabinets to stop all crockery being smashed if a bigger one hits
Night is falling here in Abiko. Can hear three sets of sirens. Lots of aftershocks now.
I shall sleep with my clothes on tonight.
Report in please @WalkDontRun. Where are you?
It’s official: biggest earthquake to hit Japan, ever. 9.0 Richter Scale. Can’t believe my 38-year-old house is still standing.
NHK radio says death toll at 18, including 6-year-old hit by roof in supermarket.
Aftershock. Tanaka-san ran into street with arms outstretched shouting “Stop it!”
Official dead count now at 29, with 37 missing, via Tokyo Broadcasting
Walked around neighbourhood. Liquor store is a disaster. Master-san unhappy. Cleaning up broken bottles.
RT @HikaruHayashiNews Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant MAY have radiation leak. Govt issues nuclear state of emergency. First time ever.
Tanaka-san ran through house in 60 seconds, grabbed cookies, a bag of rice and pension book.
Damn, I need a drink.
Water from the tap has slowed to a trickle, no gas, but still have lights. Have 6-pack in fridge that must be drunk if power goes out.
CORRECTION: Only 4 cans of beer in fridge, not 6. Regret the error.
City hall loudspeakers warning electricity will be cut shortly.
Would it be insensitive of me to pop to 7-11 for a bottle of wine at a time like this?
Big aftershock there. Tanaka-san has removed all picture frames from the walls. TV still working. It’s a Steve Martin film. Sadly, a recent one.
President Obama offers condolences to people of Japan; says US stands ready to help in aftermath.
Aftershock after aftershock. This is really not fun.
Tanaka-san has returned from shopping trip: Box of cereal, gel sports drink and rice crackers were all she could get.
Expressways closed, trains stopped. Getting home is going to be tough for Abikans stuck in Tokyo.
At least something good has come of this—Tokyo Disney Resort will close the entire park tomorrow to check the facilities.
200 to 300 bodies found. Just in on TBS television.
Dangerous mission: creep through house without waking Tanaka-san, get along creaky floor, retrieve can of Suntory Malts.
Reuters: Utility workers in Fukushima, Japan are racing to avoid a core meltdown, radiation nightmare after deadly earthquakes, tidal waves.
Americans within 10 km of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant should evacuate.
400+ confirmed dead, 650+ missing, 1,000+ injured. Expect deaths to hit 4 digits, injuries 5 at least.
Nuclear safety agency says meltdown suspected in reactor at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Overseas sensationalised reports of a giant nuclear disaster at Fukushima… calmer heads on Nihon Hoso Kyokai.
Despite cesium detection, no need to extend the evacuation zone, expert says. #earthquake #japan
1400 people now confirmed dead.
Starting to read names of the dead for the first time. People in Aomori, Ibaraki, Chiba, Miyagi.
NHK: Wall round No1 reactor at Fukushima No1 plant blown away.
People outdoors in Fukushima area urged to wear masks and/or hold wet towels over face. Radiation danger.
Radiation levels measured outside reactor 1,000 times exposure a person gets in 1 year. That was before the explosion.
Now watching NHK press conference on N-disaster. Man in overalls says they cannot see exactly what’s what because of meltdown.
Prime Minister’s spokesman in overalls asked if people safe from exposure outside of 10km evacuation area, he answered we are researching.
Tanaka-san stormed out of room saying, “he’s lying.”
BBC says they won’t let anyone closer than 60km as too dangerous.
Blast at Fukushima No.1 plant No.3 reactor—live TV images
Two more explosions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s 3rd reactor. A large amount of smoke reported.
Beyond 20km radius, radiation levels should be reduced, impact to health “minimal.” —Cabinet Secretary Edano.
Tokyo and 4 prefectures have recorded record high radiation levels, except for levels recorded after nuclear bomb tests by other nations—Yomiuri
Tanaka-san has gone to look for her cat.
In the event radiation level rises, close windows and doors, turn off AC, leave outside things outside.
In the event radiation level rises, if you must go outside cover up as much as possible, hoods and masks included.
In the event radiation level rises, after returning indoors, immediately strip and seal clothing in plastic bag.
The British Embassy is offering evacuation flights to its safe haven in Hong Kong for citizens wishing to leave Japan.
I refuse to be a bystander anymore. Goodbye twitter, I’m on my way @WalkDontRun.
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